Singapore 2011 - Emerald Hill

Emerald Hill is a conservation area right in the heart of Orchard Road. It was formerly home to the many wealthy Peranakan families in Singapore. Today, it is a residential enclave for the very rich, as even the smallest houses here would cost millions. Many of the houses here are in the Colonial Chinese Baroque Style which is common also in Penang and Malacca. The frontage is usually quite narrow, but the plots are quite long and deep - usually with courtyards and light wells in the centre to provide light and ventilation. With a good renovation, these homes can be outstanding in design and comfort. And who can argue with the location, right next to the most prime shopping centres in the City.

The houses here are some of the best examples of Colonial residential architecture.

Some of the houses nearer to Orchard Road have been converted to pubs and cafes.


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